We have some news concerning kayaks! It was more than twenty years ago when we took a chance on selling kayaks. We brought in a new entry in the market that was previously unknown. It was a little like our recumbent bikes, but for the water. We invested heavily in display, marketing and promotion of this brand and watched as the brand grew in the kayaking market. We brought in other brands that sold well, but we stuck with the brand that we began with.
Earlier this year, this brand decided to “expand their distribution channels”, contrary to their policy since we have supported them. Yet they asked us to warranty products that consumers bought online. We declined to agree and we have parted ways. In fact, had we been told this last fall, we would not have ordered the last order of thirteen kayaks.
Now, it remains that we have nine kayaks to sell and a number of accessories. Many of these are the latest models. We will be selling at our cost until they are gone. Of course, we will honor any warranty claims as will the manufacturer. Please visit our shop soon to get these deals.
We will remain in the kayaking business! In fact, we have our eyes on a great brand that offers everything you want to move about on the water! We are very excited at the prospects and will be disclosing details in the coming weeks!
We realize things change with time. But Integrity is something we value above all else, and remains constant with us. Our customer relationships are equally important to us. Our bicycles and our kayaks have had a connection with each other for years and we aim to continue that relationship for those of you that spend recreation time on the roads and the waterways! Thank you for supporting us still!
The RideSouth shop will be closed Saturday (tomorrow) for our Trike-A-Rama Ride in Slidell, LA! However, we will be OPEN ON MEMORIAL DAY! If you are interested in a Hobie Kayak, we are having a close-out sale on ALL KAYAKS on MONDAY ONLY!! You can SAVE 15%, or more, on kayaks in stock when you show up in person. Sale items must be paid for with cash or check to get the maximum savings. This sale is MONDAY ONLY!! We will be open 9-5 Memorial Day.
It is with great sadness that we report on the passing of Ian Sims, known to most of us as the founder and CEO of Greenspeed Trikes. Ian was a great innovator and leader in the Human Powered Vehicle movement in Australia and beyond. A genius in many respects, Ian brought many Greenspeed trikes to the world market, including the popular Magnum and Aero. He visited our shop many times and it was a pleasure, and a challenge, trying to keep up with his forward thinking and innovative ideas. Ian was the featured speaker at our Recumbent Rally and Convention and was well received by everyone. Greenspeed has been a mainstay for our shop for over twenty years, and Jerome Hediger, the Greenspeed distributor for the USA assures me the company will continue and trikes will be available. We are deeply saddened for Jerome, all of the Greenspeed family and especially Ian’s family and friends in Australia. We hope Ching and the rest of his family find some comfort knowing they have spent quality time with such a great man. Ian died today with complications from liver cancer.
Ian pilots his Glyde at the Rally
Flowood learns about recumbents!
Ian showing off the production Aero
Working together in the shop
At the Rally
Please visit us on Wednesday for some deals on kayaks!
Spring Fling: Ride Report
It has been a while since our last cookout, so here is a brief report on how it went. Near perfect! The weather was perfect Friday night, with a slight breeze keeping the smoke from the Hasty Bake away from the guests enjoying the MANY flavorful dishes. All were offered by our customers to go with the beast burgers, veggie burgers and salmon burgers from the grill. Even some local business people from around the shop could not keep away from the aroma, and were welcomed.
Many thanks to Robert and Katrina for providing fresh slaw, beans, potato salad and buns! Beverly and Richard brought flavorful dips, carrot cake and awesome healthy salad all the way from Baton Rouge as well as a case of beer! We are planning a road trip to Baton Rouge to reciprocate, so let us know if you are interested! Thanks to Sandra, Louis and all the other guests for decorating and helping to clean up after. Lane made some awesome burgers and brownies that were a definite hit!
Saturday, we launched from Sumrall at 10:00 AM under overcast skies and pleasant temperatures. Shorts and short sleeves were perfect attire. Many trikers with yellow RideSouth jerseys decorated the LongLeaf Trace, some for the first time! Some folks elected to drive to Hattiesburg and ride towards us, which worked out great! Louis noticed Lane had a low tire and we repaired it in just a few minutes at a rest stop.
Riders arrived at the Southern Prohibition Brewery in shifts, minutes after they opened at noon. It was only then that we discovered that the pizza oven was not in operation! So, we recharged on a variety of beers and sodas which, for my part, was very enjoyable! Try the flight of four beers when you go! It took a couple of flights for me to decide the best, a grapefruit tasting pale ale, I think! It is worth redoing this when we have time to do the tour!
The weather on the way back was the same and everyone made it back to their destination safely! We even got back in time to see our alma mater play well enough to go to the National Championships! But, it was not to be 🙁 But, it was really good to get out and enjoy the day with customers on cool bikes! Thank you to our customers for supporting our shop and continuing the tradition that RideSouth IS . . . The way to ride!
Remember our Spring Fling Ride this weekend! We will fire up the grille at the RideSouth shop around 5:30 PM. Come early and play some low key doubles table tennis on the table in the shop and have a beer on us! The weather promises to be mostly clear for Friday night and Saturday on the LongLeaf Trace. We will launch at 10:00 AM from the Sumrall Gateway, heading towards Hattiesburg. Rumor has it that some of us will make a beeline to the Southern Prohibition Brewery by 12 noon to recharge on high voltage beer and pizza! They are expecting us! Of course there are other recharging stations in the area, too! Since we have no takers for the bus, everyone is responsible for their own transportation, as well as food and drink.
We will have a few veggie burgers, many beef burgers, and some are bringing fish burgers to put on the Hasty Bake charcoal grille tomorrow night. We plan to have chips, dip and potato salad as well. All are welcome, we just need a head count TODAY! The RideSouth Shop will be CLOSED on Saturday so we can participate in the fun! If you just HAVE to get your new bike or kayak this weekend, call and leave a time on Sunday for us to meet you! We will accommodate!
Spring Fling Ride
Some of our Louisiana friends have suggested a Spring Cookout at the RideSouth shop. We have done this a few times over the years and next weekend looks like a great time to do it again! Join us Friday, April 5 at 5:00 PM for a burger cookout at the RideSouth shop! We will provide the burgers, beer and fixings! The ping pong table will be available!
On Saturday, April 6 we will close the shop to ride the LongLeaf Trace, launching from Sumrall at 10:00 AM. Folks can ride either direction and/or ride to Hattiesburg to refuel. Plan to meet us in Sumrall for the launch, or let us know if you need to take the RideSouth bus down and back. If we have enough requests, we will take the bus. Otherwise, we will just meet you there and you can leave when you are ready.
We need to hear from you if you are interested, in order to have enough food for Friday night. Please email a RSVP back right away if you are interested. If the weather is unsettled, we will move the cookout to Saturday and the ride to Sunday. As a back-up, we will postpone the event to the following weekend. One way or another, we will enjoy Spring with a LLT ride!
RideSouth . . . The Way to Ride!
We have many 2018 Hobie Pedal Kayaks on SALE NOW! We have most of the models on the floor for your pleasure on the body of water you choose! Spring is here in Mississippi this week and the kayaks will be exiting the building soon!
The kayaks and bikes we sell stimulate all the senses. Gliding along silently in the dawn mist, up a secluded slough, appeals to most ears. The Hobie Mirage Drive is the key and your hands are free. Pedaling my recumbent trike down the Natchez Trace, all alone, is a similar spiritual experience for my ears. The visual beauty of Nature is abundant and often one can even smell the freshness in the air. The taste of cool water after a workout adds to the sensory experience.
But the real treasure one gets from our kayaks and bikes is the Feeling. The feeling of sitting in a comfortable chair, looking straight ahead, and gliding over the water or landscapes. The feeling of your body, devoid of any painful pressure points, moving your spirit toward new and exciting adventures. There is nothing like it. So, the magic happens when your transport allows focus on the important aspect of getting from A to B . . . how it feels. Then you can really enjoy the ride!
Come by today and try one out!
45 Reasons to Ride a bike in 2019!
This December will usher in our biggest push to move inventory EVER! We have cruiser bikes, hybrid bikes, recumbent bikes, recumbent trikes and road bikes that HAVE to find a place under your tree! We even have kayaks as low as $300! There has never been a better time to visit RideSouth . . . ever! Don’t wait until Saturday, though. We have been known to jump early for our previous customers!